RARITAN TWP., NJ – The new IHOP here has been celebrating its Grand Opening with events all week long, but perhaps the biggest single event of the week is tomorrow, Saturday.

That’s when local firefighters will be competing in a fun-filled relay race eating contest of IHOP’s famous buttermilk pancakes.

Ten volunteer firefighters representing Flemington Volunteer Fire Department and Raritan Township Fire Company’s Station 21 will form two teams of five in the competition to earn bragging rights for one year.

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The day’s events will also include a DJ and a bounce house for kids.

The festivities will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., with the firefighters relay race held from 2 to 3 p.m.

IHOP Flemington owners Sanjay and Neal Patel of Imperio Groups are hosting the activities, and they’ll be presenting a donation to the Flemington Fire Department as part of the day’s highlights.

The Flemington IHOP is located just off Church Street Extension on Royal Road at the Hampton Inn. The restaurant is a dream-come-true for the Patel brothers, who have eyed the location for years. They have completely remodeled the location, inside and out.

The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Flemington IHOP and TAPinto Flemington-Raritan are marketing partners.